"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

FY 2012 Accomplishments

Each year, we publish a list of accomplishments at WMHS that occurred the preceding fiscal year.  Although FY '12 was a challenging year financially, we did redesign how we deliver care consistent with the goals of health care reform as well as to better position ourselves going forward.  During the year, we worked to improve the delivery of care component of health care reform's triple aim through programs to reduce readmissions, improve outcomes and enhance quality.  We also collaborated with our medical staff, improved our patient safety results and established new processes in the ED to better facilitate care.  The second component of the triple aim is to reduce the cost of providing care.  We added resources for delivering the right care in the right place and numerous cost saving initiatives were started generating a savings of $6.5 million for FY '13.  The third component of the triple aim is to create healthier patients and we did so through new programs focused on improving community health, promoting nutrition, increasing our outreach efforts into the region and serving as a role model for wellness with our own employees.  Fiscal year 2012 was certainly a year to remember in that we had our financial challenges but we also dramatically changed how we do business.  We created a model that will serve us well into the future.

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